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Beethovens 16 string quartets occupy a place of honour in the chamber repertoire and like his nine symphonies and 32 piano sonatas trace his progression through his creative life. 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the composers birth and Quatuor bne is recognising this with an extensive tour entitled Beethoven Around the World which runs from Spring 2019 to December 2020. Over that period the French ensemble will give over 120 concerts in a total of 21 countries on six continents focusing on complete cycles of the quartets from February 2020. Beethoven Around the World encompasses live recordings for Erato building a complete cycle made in seven of the worlds great cities: Vienna at the Konzerthaus Philadelphia Kimmel Center Tokyo Suntory Hall So Paulo Sala So Paulo Melbourne Melbourne Recital Centre Nairobi and with the support of UNESCO Paris Philharmonie de Paris. Speaking of the ongoing tour the members of Quatuor bne say: This is where Beethoven goes global. The quartets are 16 masterpieces that form an eternally modern artistic canon of unparalleled breadth and depth - they translate the purest humanity into music. In themselves they represent an odyssey a round-the-world voyage. The players believe that the composers music transcends all linguistic geographical and political borders... Both modern and timeless it is universal. It cannot be readily classified as Classical or Romantic as German or even as Western but it is music that expresses itself freely and which addresses the audiences of the future rather than its own time... It can seem complex at first but everything becomes clear as its essence emerges. The ensemble also emphasises that: The quartet as a genre gives individual players the chance to shine yet is simultaneously predicated on collaboration and Concord: it shows democracy in action. Its emotional and intellectual power is considerable yet it is also universally accessible as it embodies underlying ideals - enlightenment fraternity and humanism as typified by Goethe and by Schiller in his Ode to Joy the inspiration for the final movement of Beethovens 9th Symphony. At the same time it is informed by Kants ideas on morality goodwill and the categorical imperative all of which were gaining currency in Beethovens time. It also reflects the German philosophers view of our relationship with the natural world which has such resonance for the environmental issues of today. Appropriately the tour will be associated with a carbon offset programme devoted to reforestation.
1.1 String Quartet No. 2 in G Major Op. 18 No. 2: I. Allegro
1.2 String Quartet No. 2 in G Major Op. 18 No. 2: II. Adagio Cantabile - Allegro - Tempo I
1.3 String Quartet No. 2 in G Major Op. 18 No. 2: III. Scherzo Allegro
1.4 String Quartet No. 2 in G Major Op. 18 No. 2: IV. Allegro Molto Quasi Presto
1.5 String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 Quartetto Serioso: I. Allegro Con Brio
1.6 String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 Quartetto Serioso: II. Allegretto Ma Non Troppo
1.7 String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 Quartetto Serioso: III. Allegro Assai Vivace Ma Serioso
1.8 String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 Quartetto Serioso: IV. Larghetto Espressivo - Allegretto Agitato - Allegro
2.1 String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major Op. 130: I. Adagio Ma Non Troppo - Allegro
2.2 String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major Op. 130: II. Presto
2.3 String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major Op. 130: III. Andante Con Moto Ma Non Troppo
2.4 String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major Op. 130: IV. Alla Danza Tedesca Allegro Assai
2.5 String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major Op. 130: V. Cavatina Adagio Molto Espressivo
2.6 Grosse Fuge in B-Flat Major Op. 133
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